Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Toyota vs. GM vs. Harley-Davidson

In 2006 GM produced about 9 million vehicles worldwide, about the same as Toyota; and Ford produced about 6.6 million vehicles. And yet look at the whopping difference in market value in the graph above between Toyota ($208 billion) and GM (only $19.5 billion). Is that what $51 billion in health care liabilities does to a company's market value? Look for a prolonged strike to erode GM's market value even further.

And consider that motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson's market value of $12 billion is not far behind GM and Ford, even though it only manufactures about 300,000 motorcycles annually!


At 9/26/2007 2:07 AM, Blogger Ada said...

I think Harley's market value is bigger than those companys'. Harley isn't in pursuit of the quality, but it's quality. Harley has become a symbol of our culture. I oftern talk about Harley with other Harley enthusiasts on a site named bikerkiss. If u are a Harley enthusiasts , welcome to join us.

At 9/26/2007 12:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't this chart show our need for a nationalized healthcare system? Where is the so called "free market capitialistic" health care system that is supposed to drive down costs? Answer: it doesn't exist.

by Fredamerican

At 9/26/2007 4:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only that, but Toyota has more on the horizon 'Green-wise' than any American automaker.. sad but true, and I think the markets reflect that.

At 1/04/2008 11:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the 77 billion dollars that GM misspent on automation while trying to increase their production speed. When it was all said and done 200,000 people were layed off in the first 2 years alone. And further more GMs production speed was behind Ford and Chrysler both, let alone Toyota who was way less modernized then GM.

It is more managements fault then it is the health care costs or the unions.

Put 77 billion dollars in that chart for GM and see what you come up with.

At 7/11/2008 10:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I own a Harley Davidson, and it is perfect. It never has a problem. I believe that Harley Davidsons market value will be dramatically increasing over the next few years.


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